Irene de Amaral

Portuguese School Faculty

 
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 Sunderland Language Center

Irene de Amaral is a Luso-American teacher and researcher. She is a native of New Bedford, Massachusetts. She lived in the Azores where she completed a BA in Portuguese and French Studies at Universidade dos Açores. She also holds a MA in Pedagogical Supervision from Universidade de Aveiro, and a PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Since 2000 she has taught Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

 

Courses

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PGSE 3195 - High Beginning Portuguese      

Students enrolling in this course sequence will have completed at least one semester of Portuguese in a formal classroom setting, and they will typically have a proficiency level equivalent to “Novice-Mid,” according to the ACTFL guidelines of language proficiency. In this class, they will acquire a solid foundation of the basic concepts of the Portuguese language through concise explanations focused on usage, enhancing their lexical and communicative competence, which will allow them to interact in more meaningful ways while using the target language. The material developed for this course contains a considerable amount of exercises with answer keys, aiming at helping students break down their difficulties so that they acquire a reasonable degree of accuracy with confidence, being responsible for their learning process. Through the comprehensive inputs, students start becoming creative with the language, taking initiative to develop communicative exchanges using simple connected discourse. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Coudry, Pierre and Elizabeth Fontão. Fala Brasil! Português para estrangeiros, Editora Pontes, 1999.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3196 - High Beginning Portuguese      

Students enrolling in this course sequence will have completed at least one semester of Portuguese in a formal classroom setting, and they will typically have a proficiency level equivalent to “Novice-Mid,” according to the ACTFL guidelines of language proficiency. In this class, they will acquire a solid foundation of the basic concepts of the Portuguese language through concise explanations focused on usage, enhancing their lexical and communicative competence, which will allow them to interact in more meaningful ways while using the target language. The material developed for this course contains a considerable amount of exercises with answer keys, aiming at helping students break down their difficulties so that they acquire a reasonable degree of accuracy with confidence, being responsible for their learning process. Through the comprehensive inputs, students start becoming creative with the language, taking initiative to develop communicative exchanges using simple connected discourse. Most students successfully completing this sequence will emerge with a proficiency level of "Intermediate-Mid." Depending on motivation, effort, and previous knowledge some students may progress to a level of "Intermediate-High" during this sequence.

Basic Bibliography: Coudry, Pierre and Elizabeth Fontão. Fala Brasil! Português para estrangeiros, Editora Pontes, 1999.

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3300 - Cultural Studies 2.5      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had one year to three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3298 & PSGE 3299 courses. In this program, modes of communication are integrated within cultural thematic units that explore the diversity and complexity of the Portuguese-speaking countries nowadays. Students will further develop their communicative skills through intensive exposure to authentic reading in the target language, debates, in-class presentations, and discussions of cultural phenomena in depth, while increasing and enriching their vocabulary and being in contact with different registers. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate actively in the series of lectures offered by the Portuguese School, so that they have the opportunity to discuss different topics and contemporary phenomena of the Lusophone world. These cultural studies may include tests and/or final projects. Among other fields, these thematic units may encompass the study of the history of Brazil, music of the repression, Brazilian environment and sustainability, emergent Brazil, Afro-Brazilian heritage and tradition, media in the Portuguese-speaking world, culture and civilization of the Lusophone world, and the arts in general, which may also include participation in workshops and exhibitions. The interpersonal and in-depth exchanges will help them grasp the target language culture, as well as develop fluency as they use a more structured argument to convey meaning with confidence and accuracy.

Bibliography for PGSE 3300 will vary each year. Material provided by the instructors.

Summer 2018 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3302 - Intermediate Portuguese III      

This course sequence is intended for students who have had at least three semesters of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3301 & PSGE 3302 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as the environment and sustainability, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world. In this level they also use the language in a hypothetical way, learning how to discuss topics both concretely and abstractly.

Bibliography for PGSE 3302/03 will vary each year.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3402 - Advanced Portuguese II      

This course sequence is intended for students who usually have had the equivalent to two years of formal instruction in Portuguese, and it is designed to expand the PSGE 3401 & PSGE 3402 courses. In addition to the contact with language structures through intensive reading and to the exposure to different registers, students enrolled in this program will also develop their intercultural competence through courses divided into thematic-culture related units that are team-taught by faculty and experts from different areas of studies. These thematic units encompass several topics, such as discourse analysis in Portuguese, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and literature of the Portuguese-speaking countries, providing students with different concepts and perspectives, as well as with the development of intercultural sensibility. They will further develop their skills to defend opinion and use hypotheses in extended discourses, maintaining a high degree of linguistic accuracy. These content courses may include components such as theoretical readings, critical discussions, debates, and writings, exposing students to cultural products and practices of the Lusophone world.

Bibliography for PGSE 3402/03 will vary each year. Material will be provided by the instructors.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 3428 - Lusophone Poetry      

Poetry of the Lusophone World

This course is offered at the undergraduate level with a particular focus on the study of the poetry produced in the Portuguese-speaking countries. Students will be exposed to the genre by the analysis of the production of different groups of poets, which include authors from Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa, exploring their socio-political-racial-gender and aesthetic traits. In addition to the reading and discussion of the selected material, the course also includes theoretical texts with different approaches, in order to promote a deeper understanding of the poetic production within its historical, political, economic, and cultural realities, such as colonization, decolonization, postcolonial lusophone studies, the lusophone diaspora, and the construction of national identity. Bibliography will vary each year.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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PGSE 6628 - Lusophone Poetry      

Poetry of the Lusophone World

This course is offered at the graduate level with a particular focus on the study of the poetry produced in the Portuguese-speaking countries. Students will be exposed to the genre by the analysis of the production of different groups of poets, which include authors from Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese Africa, exploring their socio-political-racial-gender and aesthetic traits. In addition to the reading and discussion of the selected material, the course also includes theoretical texts with different approaches, in order to promote a deeper understanding of the poetic production within its historical, political, economic, and cultural realities, such as colonization, decolonization, postcolonial lusophone studies, the lusophone diaspora, and the construction of national identity. Bibliography will vary each year.

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Portuguese 7 week

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